forests dying climate change

Climate change is destroying our forests, and our future. In an must-read new article in the New York Times, reporter Justin Gillis examines how wildfires, draught and insect infestations are destroying the world’s forests at an alarming rate.

Forests are crucial for our future because they absorb 25 percent of our carbon emissions (approximately all the emissions from the world’s cars and trucks). Without the forests, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would rise faster.

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In addition, if the forests were to die on a sufficient scale, they might also start to burn up or decay at such a rate that they would spew huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, speeding up the warming of the planet.

Limiting our fossil-fuel burning that is altering the climate of the world is the only real solution to this problem. We can all help by doing whatever we can to make lifestyle choices that have a positive impact on the planet, or we can stand by and watch our forests and our future burn to the ground.

Read the entire New York Times article here.

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